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Lance Votes to Strengthen Email Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported passage of the Email Privacy Act, a bipartisan measure he co-sponsored to modernize electronic privacy laws and protect internet users from warrantless searches.  Lance serves as the Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and updating privacy laws is one of his top priorities. The measure would revise an arcane 1986 law permitting warrantless searches of emails dated older than 6 months.   

Right now government officials can legally search some electronic communications—even emails—without a warrant.  That needs to change.  I firmly believe the protection from illegal search and seizure extends to emails and the digital space and this measure ends the ability of government to overreach.  Email users deserve privacy and they do not want invasive federal agencies obtaining personal email account information and other digital communications without a warrant.  It’s time to update email privacy laws and bring them into the 21st century,” said Lance.

The measure will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows government agencies the ability to access electronic communications that have been stored for 180 days without a warrant. Under this statute, emails and other electronic communications do not receive the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical correspondence, which would require a warrant to access.  

By updating this statute we build trust among government, service providers and consumers,” concluded Lance.

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Jamie Meiselman of Westfield, and co-leader of the Union County Chapter of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association (JORBA), raised the ...

Oh Brian's on the Green: St Patrick's Day Line-Up

March 13, 2018

Join us for a fun filled St. Paddy's Day weekend starting Thursday March 15 @ Noon with March Mania. 

There will be Irish food and drink specials throughout the weekend! 

Don't forget about our "Hangover" Brunch Sunday from 11a.m.-2 p.m.M featuring Slane Irish Whisky Enraging

Live Music w/ Local Musician 

A wise Irishman said " May ...

Auction Items Sought for Westfield Area YMCA 14th Annual Golf Classic

The Westfield Area Y is hosting the 14th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner with Live and Silent Auction on Monday, May 14, at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield. All proceeds will benefit the Y’s financial assistance program and help send a kid to camp or child care at the Y this year.

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Cranford Police Blotter: Two Drug-Related Arrests

March 13, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 03/05/2018 9:45 p.m.

North Avenue East at John Street

Arrested: Tahir Swinton, 26, Linden

Arrested by: Ptl. Timothy Handy Charges: Possession of Marijuana ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 18, 8:00 PM

St Michael's Church, Cranford

The William and Mary Choir Spring Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Agents of Change: Women in NJ History


Tue, March 20, 3:30 PM

Cranford Public Library, Cranford

Fun with Poetry Workshop at the Cranford Public ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Proud to support Tom Malinowski for Congress

March 8, 2018

Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

I'm a lifelong New Jersey resident -- including ...